How to Sync iPhone Notes With Your Mac

Do you use your iPhone’s Notes application? Would you like to view those notes on your Mac? If your Mac is running OS X Mountain Lion, you can view them easily. In Mountain Lion Apple added a new Notes application. You can sync your iPhone notes to the Mac Notes application using your iCloud account. If your Mac is using an older version of Mac OS X you have two other choices. You can either email them to yourself or, if you use an IMAP email account and Apple’s Mail application, you can use that account to make the notes appear in Mail. Here are instructions for each of these options.

Sync Notes via iCloud, if your Mac is running OS X Mountain Lion
  1. On your iPhone open the Settings application then click  on iCloud.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password in the appropriate fields if you haven’t done this already.
  3. Scroll down to the Notes option and turn the slider to “On.” [Click the Create button if you are prompted to create an iCloud account. Enter any required personal information, and follow the iCloud wizard prompts to complete the registration of your new account.]
  4. Tap the Done button.
  5. On your Mac, open the Notes application to view your iPhone notes.
Sync Notes using an IMAP email account and Apple Mail
  1. On your iPhone open the Settings application, then select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  2. Select the name of the email account with which you want to sync your notes.
  3. Turn the Notes slider to “On.” Wait for this service to start up.
  4. On your Mac, check your email account to view your notes. Depending upon how Mail is configured the notes will appear either in your Inbox or in the Notes section listed in the left-hand column of Mail.
Send Notes via email
  1. On your iPhone open the Notes application.
  2. Select a note and tap the Share button. The Share button looks like an arrow coming out of a box.
  3. From the list of ways to share your note, tap Mail.
  4. Fill in your email address in the “To:” line and then tap the Send button.

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